The Galveston College Theatre Department is excited to present “All in the Timing: Six One-Act Plays,” an utterly delightful experience from the master of short form, playwright David Ives.  


“All in the Timing” is a collection of six one-act plays created and conceived throughout the late 1980s into the early 1990s. Each of the works in the collection suggests to us that communication is largely a comedy of errors. Language is David Ives’ chief tool in all six of these comic short plays. Ives's obsessions with randomness and relativity are translated into revue-like sketches that percolate with comic brio and zesty bits of stagecraft. Enchanting and perplexing, incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny, the world according to Ives is a very odd place.


Ives has received rave reviews from Time Magazine and The New York Times.


“Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickle(s) the heart” is how Time described Ives’ play while the Times said, “Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry… ‘All in the Timing’ is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words.”


Under the direction of Liz Lacy, GC’s production of “All in the Timing: Six One-Act Plays” will be performed on Oct. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the Galveston College Fine Arts Building, Room FA-207. This production is recommended for mature audiences as it contains adult themes, discussions of sex/sexuality, and some mature language. Admission is free and open to the public.


GC Theatre Department company members include: Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniella Fink, Alyssa Gudz, Chad Keith and Jackson Pendergrass. “All in the Timing: Six One-Act Plays” is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service Collection.


“Sure Thing” is a short play about two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.  


“Word, Words, Words” recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?  


“The Universal Language” brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild and comical language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love.


“Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.


“The Philadelphia” presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into “a Philadelphia,” a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.  


“Variations on the Death of Trotsky” shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head. 


The Galveston College Theatre Department offers a professional immersive training experience for all students within the disciplines of acting, playwrighting, directing, design and technology. Four productions a year and a diverse range of theatre courses provides every opportunity for students to develop their theatrical skills. Scholarships are available. 


For additional information, please contact the Galveston College Performing Arts Program Coordinator, Liz Lacy at



Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.